About Us

Our Philosophy

We believe that children are playful, imaginative, curious, full of energy and want to have fun!

We aim to provide an exciting and diverse program that focuses on freedom of choice and encourages children to challenge their physical, mental and emotional development in a safe and supportive environment.

We know that children have diverse needs and we will support them to grow as individuals, challenge their personal boundaries and develop their independence.

We will encourage the children at Nanyima to develop positive ties and connections within the community, especially with their peers, families, educators and the school. We will encourage an awareness of their own impact on the environment and teach them ways they can further sustainability within the community. We want the children to develop positive communication skills and feel encouraged and supported to grow as a person and find their place in the world.

Committee Meetings

The Parent Management Committee meets on a monthly basis. All parents of the centre are automatically members of the Association and welcome to attend meetings. If you can’t attend and wish a matter to be raised at a meeting, please speak with the Co-ordinator, or contact a member of the Committee. Our AGM is held in May.

Contacting the Staff

The child care staff are on duty from 7.30am to 9.15am and 2 pm to 6 pm. The best times to contact the staff are listed at the front of this handbook, however if you need to contact the staff outside these hours, we recommend you employ one of the following methods:

  • telephone Cammeray school and ask for a message to be put in the Nanyima ‘pigeon hole’;
  • leave a message on our answer machine;
  • try our mobile 0425 358 582
  • send an e-mail

Hours of Operation

Nanyima is open for the duration of the NSW School Terms. We are closed during school vacations and on public holidays, and pupil free days. Our normal operating hours are:

  • Before School Care: 7.30am to 9.15am
  • After School Care: 3.15pm to 6.00pm

We ask your co-operation in ensuring that your child/ren is collected by 6.00pm sharp. If it is apparent that you may be late picking your child up, please make alternative arrangements for the safe collection of your child and advise the staff of the arrangements as soon as possible. A late fee is charged at $20 for every 15 minutes after 6pm.

Daily Activity Program

The Daily Activity Program’s purpose is to occupy, stimulate, extend and amuse. We provide a combination of planned and “free play” activities and the children may choose between the two. A variety of activities are offered and include art and craft, sport, drama, games, music, storytelling, gardening, cooking etc. Provision is also made for those children who wish to do their homework, talk with the staff, or just relax after school.

Refreshments

Breakfast provisions of toast and juice are offered at Before School Care. A substantial afternoon tea is provided for children who attend the afternoon session.

Attendance

Children may be booked to attend on either a regular or a casual basis, subject to availability. If you want to change your child’s attendance days either permanently, or for a temporary period during the term, it is essential that you notify us in writing at least 2 weeks in advance. Permanent days may not be swapped ad hoc.

Communication

Nanyima aims to establish and maintain effective communication between parents, staff, children and the Parent Management Committee. Newsletters are distributed monthly and contain information about activities at the Centre, forthcoming meetings, social events, etc. Notices for parents are also displayed on the small notice board. We encourage you to spend some time talking with the staff and to establish a routine for exchanging information about your child/ren with them. This will increase the staff’s understanding of your child/ren and help them plan appropriate care for your child/ren. You may need to consider making an appointment with the Co-ordinator if you have any major concerns or issues you wish to discuss.

Payment of fees

The current fee schedule (as at October 2019) is as follows: Before School Care: $16.00 or $18.00 for casual bookings. After School Care: $26.00 or $28.00 for casual bookings. Payment is via direct debit from your bank account or credit card. You will receive an invoice via email on a Monday and the direct debit will be processed on the Thursday for that week plus two weeks in advance.

Fees are to be paid for all booked days, whether your child attends or not, until such time as the booking is changed or cancelled in writing. A surcharge of 10% of the weekly fee may apply to fees overdue by one week or more. Non-payment of fees can result in you forfeiting your child’s place at the Centre.

Child Care Subsidy

Families who are entitled to the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) reduction for fees need to contact the Family Assistance Office (13 6150) and obtain CRN’s for themselves and their child. They will then need to supply those CRN’s to us. Once you have been offered a place with us you will need to confirm your booking in your mygov account.

Receipts

An annual tax statement will be issued on request.

Our Sponsored Children

Nanyima doesn’t only care for the children booked into our program, we also sponsor two less fortunate children through ChildFund Australia. Our children are encouraged to write to our sponsor children and get to know a little about them. This sponsorship ties in with our non-profit, community based approach to care.

Name: Mary Lungu
DOB: 25 October 2002
Country: Zambia
Mary is one of two children in the family, her father died some time ago. Mary is healthy, goes to school and enjoys language and playing

Name: Elder Josue Guzman Sarmiento
DOB: 30 March 2005
Country: Honduras
Elder lives in a rural community in western Honduras with his parents and brother and sister